May 10, 2012
A very important reminder from our children’s educators…
(via The Daily What)
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Category: z - Arts & Culture
This was too long to be funny. And Pandora may not be a country, but it is neither just a “fictional character,” but also an important figure in Greek mythology, a moon of Saturn and some kind of new-fangled radio thingy. Those fat, stupid teachers ought to know that much.
Congratulations on your knowledge of Greek mythology! Still doesn’t make Pandora a foreign country though, so I think you kind of missed the point. Plus, calling teachers partaking in a comedic skit “fat” and “stupid” has sort of undermined your intelligence (and highlighted your inability to understand dry humour), so you get negative internet points. Have a gold star!
As a teacher, “M,” YOU get the gold star for the day! Let me draw a smily face on your paper….
Interestingly enough, you spelled smiley wrong… but, I digress…
although I can appreciate the dry humor, I do have to wonder if teachers really think like this. If so, THAT IS HYSTERICAL!!!
I have to say that as a society, we coddle our kids way too much – because if I EVER did anything in school like the current generation does, my parents would have literally kicked my sorry butt from the door to my bedroom and back again.
ummm. yeah. I think I do get the joke – I just don’t find it funny. You do realize I was parroting the line of “fat and stupid” right? And you realize the video is a joke on both children and teachers? – kids for being fat and stupid and teachers for being bitchy?
I wish I could hit a like button for your comment…very good.
And why ‘bitches’ at the end? Don’t these children have fathers?
I’m not a teacher (only an hour on Wednesday nights), but it’s my admittedly anecdotal observation that, in my class, the sharpest kids with the best attitude for learning are the homeschooled ones.
Which kinda sucks, because I’m not one of those homeschool zealots, and when my kids get to that age, our financial situation will almost certainly require us to send our kids to public school. :/
As a survivor of the public school system (3 purple hearts), that’s something I’d prefer not to make my kids endure.
You’re probably mixing up cause and effect. The homeschooled kids are probably the sharpest not because they don’t get taught by teachers, but because their parents have actually thought about what it really means to be a parent, and the most important person in a child’s learning life.
and b/c they are not having their learning stifled by 29 other kids on 29 other levels of learning with 29 other styles of learning all around them, that happen to be all the same age, forced to learn at the same time, same days, same pace, same topics, same books, all. year. long. And never get to see the real world and learn from it other than weekends and summer. And usually spend 8hrs of their day in a classroom between 4 overly covered walls followed by the 2hrs of their day in the 4 walls of their bedrooms doing homework/busywork, and have little time to actually learn. Young kids’ education comes from exploring and play. Not classroom seatwork which makes for some very inactive children right from the get go…and we wonder why they get fat?! We train them to sit on their rears 10hours a day! Yes…I homeschool my kids. We play more than we work and my kids score in the 99th percentile on their nationally normed testing which is compared to public/private schoolers. And they’re thin. Just sayin’
I too had a similar homeschooling experience and am thin. I never connected the two, but it makes sense since I had a very active childhood. (Plus, living in a small town with no licensing office, I walked everywhere until I was 18.)
Two hours a day for homework? Nope – more like 6-8. My dd entered public school ( as a junior) this year, and has an absolutely ridiculous amount of homework. It’s not uncommon for her to be up working on it at 2:00 am. Busy work – all of it. Not a single assignment with any meat in it all year. As a homeschoolershe did projects that might last all year, and it was a meaningful, assignment that involved a number of steps that lead to a rewarding conclusion. In school the same thing is called the senior project.
When she enerd school her new counselor told her she was the first enthusiastic student he had seen in he didn’t know how long. No surprise. They kill any spark those kids ever had, with these moronic assignments that eat up their afternoons and evenings. And the tests! I doubt she’s had a day all year when she didn’t have at least one test and often she has three. They aren;t testing the kids, they’re testing the school. As for fat; my dd had to give up all her athletic pursuits – so if she wasn’t genetically thin, she too would be fat – of course, there are days she’s too tired to eat. Lunch? She has lunch period in the library, where she does (more) homework. So she bolts whatever she can get out of a vending machine. Usually a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She says kids eat in every class. Not only is this no way to eat, but it’s teaching them life long habits.
I’m a fourth generation teacher ( in a museum as well as home). My grandfather was a legendary teacher and wrote about his own high school years. He would not even recognize the schools of today. He invented a method to inspire troubled kids to want to learn. This method has been widley adopted – but distorted in every case I’ve seen it implemented, so it now has the opposite effect.
My conclusion is that schools have completely lost sight of their purpose. Many ( not all, but possibly most) are worse than no school at all.
As a homeschooled child I had (and still have) a zest for learning, but it wasn’t just the teachers (my parents) it was also the entire environment. We were a very family oriented unit, and we never stopped learning, even outside of “school time” and we always made that feel like a fun, rewarding activity. We had family reading every night, and we read every kind of book, we did family crossword puzzles and trivia sessions. Also, my parents took the time for one on one discussions in which any difficulties I faced were explained until I got it.
That isn’t to say I spent my whole childhood hitting the books, I had quite a lot of time to play outside, or in my room with my friends, of which I had many and When I got older my brother and I would engage in tabletop games and computer games (sometimes to the detriment on my schoolwork, haha.) I also had an active social life and in my later teens worked a few jobs. So don’t get the idea that all homeschoolers are shut-ins.
I’m really thrilled for anyone who had a positive experience either homeschooling or being homeschooled. Now, why do you think most parents don’t do it? And what do you think would happen if they did? Visualize that world for a moment if you can, and then if you’re still in the mood to minimize what teachers manage to accomplish in underfunded, overcrowded, oversyllabused state schools – go back to visualizing that other world for awhile.
We don’t minimize teachers, we minimize the system and how not only it kills ones desire to learn, but also a teacher’s ability to educate in a way that means much at all. To the test! To the test! I’d prefer a world back like it used to be, where parents educated their kids or tutors did. All our greats, the REAL greats, were homeschooled. Public education was created to make machine workers during wartime. It wasn’t made to really educate and make greats…it was made to make the people that work for the greats. And it continues to be such. It needs an overhaul. Teachers do great things…most do not, but some do. Most just keep dumping info and letting kids answer multiple choice questions and making A’s without learning.
The problem is huge and I can understand the way teachers feel so in the long run is the fact that communication should be dealt with parents and teachers. The economy sent women out to work leaving kids on their own. Also, the majority of fathers do not attend to the kids when they get home or on the weekends. They have their own group of male bonding while the mothers have to cope with the kids looking for fun and they find it on the TV; or other tech amusements. I was lucky that I attended private schools and there was no TV; or anything else. The teachers gave us enough homework to keep our minds busy and at dinner, we discussed the events of the day plus what we did in school. Its not too late to turn things around. Our future is our children. Help them to become better citizens.
These aren’t teachers; they’re professional actors. The Asian lady was in the film “The American President” and I think I’ve seen the skinny white lady before.
Nevertheless, it’s funny.
As a kid growing up in this generation, I can verify just how true this is. I find this funny because I know how adverse this is from the way teachers actually think. I don’t find it funny though, because I know quite a few people who really are that stupid.
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